Two Roads

beauty choices heaven jeremiah poetry roads Nov 07, 2023

Some of my favorite memories of school were forays into the magic language of poetry. This week's podcast was about direction, and allowing God to determine our destination. That level of trust, of dependence upon our Father, is not without its challenges and choices, and often we are trying to discern between two good options. The Wisdom of the Father, if we are patient, will be revealed as the better of the choices. And sometimes, God's answer is, "You choose! I'll be with you all the way!"  Thinking about these kinds of choices reminded me of the well-known poem, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The languaging is so beautiful.... you can almost see the yellow of birch or alder trees, the paths between them stretching out toward an unknown destination. I'm so grateful that God knows what the roads before me hold, and which road is best to travel with Him!

Being a poetry lover, I found this article about the poem interesting: Robert Frost: “The Road Not Taken”.

I often wonder which poets I'll meet in Heaven; King David, for sure, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is said to have believed. I know there'll be others. In the meantime, God's common grace has allowed such beauty to both be created and be enjoyed by believers and nonbelievers alike. We are so blessed!

Jeremiah 42:3 says, "Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.” Which road are you taking today? 

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